Messy play must be one of the most loved activities in our setting. And for this we went all out. To set the premises we did it in the garden and we dressed the children in waterproof suits so they basically had the freedom to get as messy as they wanted.
Our messy morning involved painting. For this we set up a painting table with paper, pots of paint and different types of paintbrushes and sponges.
Then we had the tuff tray with different coloured paints and added some salt to it to make it less slippery when the children stepped in. Next to the tuff tray we put a long white plastic board where they could make feet stamps.
Also had a few smaller trays with paints and objects that leave traces-cars, balls etc.
And last was a water station where they could wash their hands and feet or use the water to add to the paints.
It was amazing to watch the children concentrate and be creative.They held conversations between them while painting, shared the pots and the paint brushes, mixed the colours and explored what happened when they did so, imagined and named their paintings.
In the tuff tray they explored the sensory feeling of the paint on their feet, the mix of paint with the salt and how the paint changed texture when they added water.
It was a messy morning but very successful. This was the array of their beautiful paintings at the end of the session.